“Tumbling Dice” — Youth Gambling Researchers and Victims Discuss Addiction Oct. 13 at State Capitol Building

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“Tumbling Dice” — Youth Gambling Researchers and Victims Discuss Addiction Oct. 13 at State Capitol Building

October 6, 2003

Sacramento, CA—The nation’s leading experts in the field of gambling addiction among teen-agers and young adults will discuss the issue Monday, Oct. 13, in the first in a series of symposiums in California’s first annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Week.

Jeffrey Derevensky, professor of child psychology, McGill International Centre for Youth Gambling, McGill University, Montreal; Dan Romer, director of the Institute for Adolescent Risk Communication, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania; and Ken Winters, director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, University of Minnesota, will participate in the panel discussion “Pathological Gambling Among Teenagers,” which will be held at 10 a.m. in Room 4203 in the State Capitol Building.

The session will be followed at 11:30 a.m. by “Recovery Roundtable,” at which those who have struggled with problem and pathological gambling will discuss addiction and recovery.

Titled “Tumbling Dice,” the series of symposiums and panel discussions on gambling addiction will continue on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento, and conclude on Friday, Oct. 17, with a symposium at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula.

“Gambling disorders among young people is a growing concern among specialists in the field of problem and pathological gambling, and we are pleased at the opportunity to draw public attention to this matter,” says Brenda Soulliere, chairwoman of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association. CNIGA is sponsoring the week-long series of events in cooperation with the California Council on Problem Gambling.

The ‘Gambling Roundtable’ is expected to be particularly compelling, as those who have struggled with gambling addiction share their experiences. “These people are extraordinary because they are willing to publicly reveal their innermost selves. By doing this they are able to carry a message of hope to the problem/pathological gambler and their families who are still suffering.” says CCPG President Bruce Roberts. “Once you have heard their stories, you will not soon forget them.”

Tribal leaders, gambling industry executives, elected officials, health care professionals and representatives of the press are encouraged to attend.

Sponsors do request, however, that during the “Gambling Roundtable” television and still cameras be positioned behind participants in the panel discussion to protect their anonymity.

Persons wishing additional information about the Oct. 13 seminars and other events in connection with Responsible Gambling Awareness Week are urged to contact CNIGA or CCPG.

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